Discover 'America's Best Idea' with Our National Parks Guide

Our new, interactive mapping tool helps you find lesser-known National Parks—and the classics

Old Point Loma Lighhouse, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

The National Parks have been called "America's best idea," and we won't argue with that. Every American we know—and millions of visitors from around the world—have their favorite parks and indelible memories. Our features on National Parks are some of the most popular on the The Active Times.

And now, just in time for the sumer travel season, we bring you National Parks Guide—one of our best ideas. We've teamed with the leading publisher of U.S. Parks guidebooks, Oh Ranger!, to create a great new tool to help you discover all the diverse parks in America, and get the information you need on any of them, just a click away.

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As great as the iconic "crown jewel" parks of Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone are, what really excites us about National Park Finder is that it helps you discover new places, near and far, by browsing the interactive map. It's loaded with lesser-known parks and hidden corners, and there are plenty to be found.

Each Park, National Monument and historic place in the National Parks System is pinned on the map—all 401 of them, from the Dry Tortugas islands off the Florida Keys to the Western Arctic National Parklands in Alaska to the Teddy Roosevelt Birthplace (just a couple of bocks away from us in New York City). It's a great tool for building out your life list or planning your next weekend getaway.

Try it out. You'll find great information on activities, accommodations, park highlights and history, as well as all the key contact information and answers to FAQs. Then hit the road or the trail and let us know what you find at

Click here to explore National Parks Guide